Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Primate Biol., 4, 127–130, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-127-2017
Primate Biol., 4, 127–130, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-127-2017
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26 Jun 2017
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Fur-rubbing with Piper leaves in the San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe

Rosario Huashuayo-Llamocca and Eckhard W. Heymann

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We report observations fur-rubbing with leaves from the spiked pepper plant, Piper aduncum, in the San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe. As leaf extracts from this plant include insecticidal compounds, we interpret this behaviour as a defense against ectoparasites. Our observations expand the number of primate species for which this kind of self-medication is reported.